Exhibit: The Golden Ratio

Currently on view in the Library Living Room (Room 101):

The Golden Ratio
An Analogical Study of Creation
Linda Hexter, ‘16

From the artist’s statement:

My portfolio consists of eleven pairs of silver gelatin prints. The photo on the left in each pair displays an appearance of the Golden Ratio in divine creation. This includes the environment, animals, and the human body. The picture on the right presents an appearance of the Golden Ratio in man’s creation. This includes logo design, artwork, musical instruments, etc. I argue that the Golden Ratio appears in all of creation, and all of creation can be described by applying the ratio in the following manner:
creation/(divine creation)=ϕ=(divine creation)/(human creation)
I believe that the artist’s goal is to recreate nature’s divine beauty. Man’s limitations will allow only imperfect representations of the Golden Ratio to exist in art and architecture. This is why there is so much debate over whether or not the Golden Ratio exists in things like the Parthenon and the Mona Lisa. Humans attempt to use God’s mathematical tool to imitate natural beauty and leave our own mark of beauty in this world. This thesis is my attempt to create art with and about the Golden Ratio in order to shed light on our innate search for divine structure and beauty.

“Look on earth and sky and sea…they have forms because they have numbers: take these away, they will be nothing. And even human artificers, makers of all corporeal forms, have numbers in their art to which they fit their works; and they move hands and tools in the fashioning till that which is formed outside, carried back to the light of numbers which is within, so far as may be attains perfection, and through the mediating sense pleases the inner judge looking upon the heavenly numbers.”
–St. Augustine of Hippo

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Collection Spotlight: Carnival

It’s Mardi Gras season, meaning it’s the perfect time to highlight some of Special Collections & Archives’ Mardi Gras collections.

1899 Proteus Invitation

1899 Proteus Invitation

1899 Proteus Invitation, side 2

1899 Proteus Invitation, side 2

The New Orleans Carnival Collection is an artificial collection informally collected over time. New Orleans has been celebrating Mardi Gras since the mid 19th century. Private organizations, known as krewes, sponsor annual public parades and private balls. This collection consists of the ball programs and some invitations to these events produced by various krewes from the 1870s through to the 1970s.

1880 Comus admittance card

1880 Comus admittance card

While the collection contains materials related to Mardi Gras Super Krewes like Rex and Comus, it also contains ball miscellany from several historically black krewes.

1977 Original Illinois Club ball program

1977 Original Illinois Club ball program

1969 Young Men Illinois Club ball program

1969 Young Men Illinois Club ball program

The Original Illinois Club, formed by Pullman porters in 1894 in response to the whites-only krewes of New Orleans, was the first black carnival organization. The Young Men Illinois Club split from the Original and formed in 1927. The Illinois Clubs, along with the Beau Brummell Club, Plantation Revelers, and the Bunch Club, were created to sponsor traditional, invitation-only balls for presenting young black debutantes. Subsequent black krewes included the Capetowners (1935), the Plantation Revelers (1939),  the Dunbar Club (1946), and the Bon Temps (1947).

1970 Plantation Revelers ball program

1970 Plantation Revelers ball program

1970 Dunbar Club ball program

1970 Dunbar Club ball program

1970, 1977 Capetowners Carnival Club ball programs

1970, 1977 Capetowners Carnival Club ball programs

1970, 1977 Capetowners Carnival Club ball programs

1970, 1977 Capetowners Carnival Club ball programs

1970 Bon Temps ball program

1970 Bon Temps ball program

You can see more images from this collection in this previous blog post. For more information about the history of black New Orleanians and Mardi Gras, see New Orleans on parade : tourism and the transformation of the crescent cityThe Mardi Gras Indians : the ethnomusicology of black associations in New Orleans, The “Baby Dolls” : breaking the race and gender barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition, Lords of misrule : Mardi Gras and the politics of race in New Orleans, and Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

This collection and the books listed above are available for research use in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room on the 3rd floor of the library Monday – Friday, 9am-4:30pm.

Seminar 1 has a Touch Screen!

Did you know that the big TV in Library Seminar 1 (Room 129) is a touch screen? You can annotate your computer image, or create a whiteboard using your finger as the marker. You can also save whatever you create. There are lots more functions, too. Contact Media Services, mediasrv@loyno.edu or x7120, to set up a demo.

Media Traditions: Scrapbooking, Memory Archives, and Self-Presentation

Loyola University Special Collections & Archives proudly presents Media Traditions: Scrapbooking, Memory Archives, and Self-Presentation.

On view in the Booth-Bricker Special Collections & Archives Reading Room, the exhibit draws correlations between memory archives of the past and contemporary modes of self-presentation.

Collections included within the exhibit are the Anthony Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary CollectionBen C. Toledano New Orleans CollectionBasil Thompson Papers, and University Publications Collection.

We sincerely hope that you join us on the 3rd floor of Monroe Library this semester! Special Collections & Archives is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Collection Spotlight: Janet Mary Riley Papers

Collection Spotlight: Janet Mary Riley Papers

Janet Mary Riley is pictured on the top row, at left.

This photograph, along with over 6,700 others, is part of the Loyola University Photographs Collection which is available to view online through the Louisiana Digital Library.

Janet Mary Riley was the first woman to hold a full-time law school faculty position in New Orleans and is credited with helping to change Louisiana law to make women equal partners in their marriages. Janet Mary Riley was born in New Orleans in 1915. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans in 1936. After a short time teaching in public schools, Riley earned her B.S. in Library Science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She returned to New Orleans as an assistant in the circulation department of the New Orleans Public Library and later as an assistant librarian at Loyola University. In 1943, during World War II, Riley left Loyola to serve as Post Librarian at Camp Plauche and LaGarde General Hospital, both in New Orleans.

After the war, Riley returned to Loyola to work as a law librarian and, in an effort to become familiar with the language and literature of law, began taking courses at the law school. This led to her work as a substitute law instructor. In 1952, Riley graduated third in a class of 28 from Loyola Law School. In 1956, she was hired as the first full-time female law professor in New Orleans and the seventh in the United States. At the age of 43, in 1960, she earned an L.L.M. from the University of Virginia. In 1971, after teaching for 15 years, she achieved the rank of Professor of Law. Riley retired in 1986, but continued to teach seminars until 1997.

During her tenure as a law professor, Riley wrote the first casebook on Louisiana community property law, Louisiana Community Property – Cases and Materials on Louisiana Property Law and Marriage, which was published in 1972. The following year, the Louisiana State Law Institute appointed Riley to lead a committee to draft proposed revisions to the Louisiana Civil Code on matrimonial regimes, community property and all Louisiana legislation which unreasonably discriminated on the basis of sex. Until then, Louisiana’s community property laws made the husband “head and master of the community” and thus granted him total control of his wife’s assets. Riley’s proposed “equal management” approach to the community, which let either spouse manage the property of the marriage, was adopted by the Louisiana legislature in 1978 and formally incorporated into the Civil Code in 1980.

In addition to her efforts on behalf of women, Riley worked to eliminate racial discrimination. She was a member of the Commission on Human Rights of the Catholic Committee of the South, which assisted in the implementation of the New Orleans Archbishop’s 1953 order forbidding any further racial segregation in Catholic Churches. She was a member of the Community Relations Council, a bi-racial group in New Orleans, which worked toward the integration of playgrounds, restaurants and other public spaces.

Riley was an attorney of record and wrote the Petitioners’ Brief in Lombard v. Louisiana, a pivotal sit-in case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the early 1960s. In that case, four students, three of whom were black and one of whom was white, were arrested and convicted of trespassing after refusing to leave a New Orleans lunch counter reserved for whites only. The state court upheld the convictions, but the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and held that the Louisiana decision enforced racial discrimination and therefore could not stand.

Riley was a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Way, a secular organization of employed unmarried women that followed the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, taking vows of chastity, obedience and poverty, and striving to find a balance between worship of God and life in the world.

In 2000, Riley received the Adjutor Hominum award, presented annually to an outstanding alumnus of Loyola whose life exemplifies moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Two years later, the Janet Mary Riley Distinguished Professorship was established. In 2004, Riley received the St. Ives Award, presented annually to a Loyola Law School graduate who has volunteered services to the law school or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession, and furthered the mission of the alumni association. In 2005, Loyola Law School gave Riley an honorary doctorate. She died in 2008 at the age of 92.

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The arrangement of this collection is alphabetical and based on Janet Mary Riley’s own organization. The collection spans from 1934 until 1991, with the bulk spanning from 1965 until 1979.

The Papers primarily reflect Riley’s academic career, including documents on the courses she taught: Community Property, Canon Law, Constitutional Law, Donations, First Amendment, Insurance Law, Juvenile Law, Legal Bibliography, Obligations, Persons, Successions, and Trusts and Estates. Also included are papers reflecting Riley’s vast university service on the Curriculum Committee, Faculty Council, Faculty Handbook Negotiating Committee, Institutional Self-Study / Steering Committee, Loyola Law Review, Rank and Tenure Committee, Student Petitions Committee for Admissions and Readmissions, St. Thomas More Law Club and the University Senate.

Papers on academic conferences, association affiliations, articles authored by Riley, awards and honors received by her, general correspondence and faculty meeting minutes and memorandums can be found within the collection.

A significant portion is dedicated to her efforts with the Louisiana State Law Institute to revise antiquated community property laws contained in the Civil Code. The collection includes materials and drafts of her book, Louisiana Community Property – Cases and Materials on Louisiana Property Law and Marriage. A copy of this book can be found in Special Collections, Monroe Library, Loyola University (KFL 97 .R5 1972).

Riley’s work on outside cases, issues and organizations is represented but is a small minority of the collection. These include federal contempt proceedings, divorce law, the Equal Rights Amendment, Equal Credit Opportunity Law, family law, First Amendment rights, juvenile justice, the League of Women Voters, the Louisiana Library Association, and the Louisiana State Bar Association Admissions Advisory Committee.

To view an oral history video of Janet Mary Riley, visit the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s website.

Special Collections & Archives, located on the third floor of Monroe Library, is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

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Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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Blackboard login CWID

Log in to Blackboard with Your Campus Wide ID (CWID)

Starting Monday, January 4th, 2016

Who will this affect?

All Blackboard users who are listed either as an instructor or as a student during the fall 2014 semester or later. That’s most Blackboard users. Inactive, guest, and administrative accounts will not be affected.

What will change?

Blackboard instructors and students will log in to Blackboard using their unique Campus Wide ID (CWID) instead of the username.  Nothing else will change – Blackboard users will retain the same password and the same Blackboard data as before. Note, instructors and students will not be able to use their former username to log in after the conversion date.

What is my CWID?

The CWID number is printed on the front of your Loyola ID card.  Faculty and students use their CWID to log into LORA.

Why are we doing this?

To avoid duplicate user names in the Blackboard system and to enhance Blackboard security.

For more information:

Questions? Concerns? Please contact the Monroe Library’s Online Learning Team. Email Onlineed@loyno.edu, or call x7168.

Links:

Online Learning: http://library.loyno.edu/services/online/

Welcome back, Wolf Pack!

Pictured above: Loyola University graduates Lloyd Frischhertz and Bobby Reichert, founders of the Krewe of Tucks

These photographs, along with over 6,700 others, are part of the Loyola University Photographs Collection and are available to view online through the Louisiana Digital Library.

Today as we welcome students back to campus, Carnival season is well underway!

Carnival season begins each year on January 6th, referred to as the Feast of Epiphany, Twelfth Night, or Three Kings Day. Mass consumption of King Cake and celebration ensues, culminating in Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. This year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated on February 9th; however, the date of Mardi Gras varies from year to year based on the moveable date of Easter, but it is always 47 days preceding Easter on the day prior to Ash Wednesday.

For visitors and New Orleanians alike, Mardi Gras in New Orleans: An Illustrated History by Arthur Hardy, the gentleman revered as the authority on Carnival celebrations in New Orleans, provides an excellent place from which to start researching the festivities. Here in Special Collections & Archives, we invite you to delve into this text as well as our New Orleans Carnival Collection which preserves ball programs and invitations produced by various krewes from the 1870s through to the 1970s.

Special Collections & Archives, located on the third floor of Monroe Library, is open for research and quiet study Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:30.

Loyola Basketball Films Digitized

Thanks to very generous donations from alumnus and former basketball player John Erb ’67 and alumnus and former Vice President for Institutional Advancement Charles Young ’64, Special Collections & Archives has added 38 basketball films to its digital collections.

The films depict game excerpts from 1960-1969 against a variety of opponents. Many of Loyola’s basketball players from this era are now members of the Wolfpack Hall of Fame including Charles Powell, Charlie Jones, Tyrone “Ty The Guy” Marioneaux, Bob Bissant, Wayne Pietri, and Lawrence J. Hoyt, and fans of LSU star “Pistol” Pete Maravich will spot him as well. The collection also includes film of the 1964 inaugural Hall of Fame Sports Banquet.

Erb and Young’s donations were used to fund the digitization. The films were digitized by the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Due to their fragile condition the films had been restricted from use by patrons, so the digitization has enabled a previously hidden collection to be exposed to the public.

Some of the films are unlabeled–anyone with identifying information about a film can email archives@loyno.edu with more information.

Special Collections & Archives is very grateful to both John Erb and Charlie Young for making this possible, as well as to ULL’s Center for Louisiana Studies for their excellent work on the digitization.

All 38 films may be viewed in the Louisiana Digital Library. For more archival collections related to Loyola athletics, see the Loyola University Athletics Collection, the University Archives, the digitized Maroon newspaper and Wolf yearbooks, and the University Photographs Collection.

QuickSearch is Here!

Introducing Loyola’s new discovery tool from EBSCO Discovery Service:

QuickSearch is a new customized searching experience based on the EBSCOhost interface you already know. Through a single search box on the library home page QuickSearch provides fast, simple access to content from hundreds of academic publishers, the library catalog, and our digital archives.

Click here for a video tutorial on using QuickSearch.

Report any problems using this form and we will follow up with you. Thank you for taking the time to help us improve the system.

ProQuest databases down Jan. 16, 2016 at 9:00pm

All ProQuest databases (includes ABI/Inform Global, IIMP-Full Text, IIPA-Full Text, Historic New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ProQuest Dissertations and ProQuest Religion) will be unavailable for maintenance on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 starting at 9:00 pm Central Time.  They have not provided a length of time for the outage nor when they anticipate returning to service.